Feng shui is an ancient philosophical system which originated in China that is based on the belief that everybody in this universe―whether people, animals, things, or places―have a certain energy. We feel this energy all around us, and it affects us mentally, physically, and spiritually. According to this philosophy, there are certain techniques which we can use to attract only the kind of energies that we want, while letting go off the ones that we do not want.
Certain symbols are used to harmonize the environment around us, and to attract positive forces and energies towards us. Different symbols are said to bring different positive forces in a person's life. Here is a list of the most prominent and commonly used symbols along with their meanings.
It is said that placing three goldfish in a glass bowl will bring wealth and prosperity to the person. Goldfish are revered in the Chinese tradition, as they are believed to be the descendants of Koi Carp. They are also considered very auspicious as it is believed that a goldfish lives for more than hundred years, bestowing care and love on people.
Crane and Tortoise
A crane is believed to live for a thousand years, while a tortoise is said to survive for at least three thousand years. Both the crane and the tortoise stand for longevity, immortality, wisdom, strength, stability, and endurance. Placing these symbols at home, will bring you good health and a long life.
Perhaps the most famous and well-known symbol is the laughing Buddha. The laughing Buddha, also known as "Pu Tai" in China, represents happiness, health, and prosperity. There are a number of different variations such as a laughing Buddha that is holding a bowl which represents prosperity, a Buddha holding a sack and a fan representing someone who is on a spiritual journey, and a laughing Buddha who is sitting on a gold nugget representing a happy home.
The symbols mentioned above, if used wisely, are believed to help people to increase their income, improve their health, bring fame, develop their career, bring the family together, attract love and intimacy, and increase their capabilities and performance in all aspects of life. On the negative side, using inappropriate symbols can cause lots of bad luck and ill will. So, consulting the right feng shui expert before incorporating any of these symbols in your office, home, or life is very essential.